Finally healthy and with the Christmas break behind them, the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont Rockets are playing some of their best basketball. The visitors broke the game open after a tight first quarter and downed Davis County 57-36 in South Central Conference girls basketball action Friday in Bloomfiield.
“We’re really playing pretty well lately,” said E-B-F coach Tony Fenton. “We have become a better rebounding team lately and just more solid in some other areas.”
Shelby Graves and Rylee Eakins each had an early score to push the Mustangs out to a 4-2 lead. Shunyl Busch answered with a 3 and a two for a 7-6 E-B-F lead. The Rockets would never give up the lead for the remainder of the game.
The Rockets went up 13-8 after a 3 by Shelby Allgood. Davis County closed to within one on two baskets by Ally McClure.
Tasha Alexander got her game started with a 3 to open the second. Busch continued her quick start with a basket and the lead had grown to seven. Graves had two scores and after Eakins two free throws the Mustangs were only down 21-18 half way through the second quarter.
E-B-F then went on a 12-0 run to lead 33-18. Alexander and Busch combined for nine of the 12 Rocket points.
“I’ve been scoring pretty good lately so I was pretty relaxed.” said Busch. “I think my team was looking for me to score.”
“Our defense really keyed the run” added Fenton.
“We just made too many turnovers and they are really able to take advantage,” said Mustang coach Dave Mason.
Another factor in the 33-20 Rocket halftime lead was the rebounding of the undersized Jarrah Jensen. Jensen had eight rebounds before halftime.
“I didn’t have such a great start on offense so I tried to go to work rebounding the ball at both ends,” said Jensen, who would have 13 for the game.
The Mustangs didn’t really threaten in the third. Eakins had eight points that were matched by eight from the Rockets’ Alexander.
“I was a little nervous to start the game tonight,” said Alexander. “I hurt my ankle against them the first time.”
E-B-F led 45-34 after three.
The Mustangs would have only an Eakins basket to show for the fourth quarter. The visitors scored 12 as Busch, Alexander, and Jarrah Jensen combined for the points to close out the 57-36 win.
“In the last quarter they really took Shelby (Graves) and Rylee (Eakins) out of it by being really physical,” said Mason.
“We did a couple of specific things to try and control them that seemed to work,” added Fenton.
Davis County is now 5-7, 2-3 in SCC play after the loss. The Rockets improve to 7-4 and 4-1 with the win.
E-B-F 57, Davis County 36
EBF 13 20 12 12 — 57
DC 12 8 14 2 — 36
EBF (57) — Emma Tanner 5, J. Jensen 9, MaKenzie Jensen 2, Alexander 18, Busch 17, Allgood 4, Karlie Taylor 2 . Totals 23-50 3-10 57.
3-point goals — 7-14 (J. Jensen, Allgood, Alexander 3, Busch 2). Fouled out —none . Rebounds — 30 (J. Jensen 13). Assists — 14 (J. Jensen 5). Steals — 9 (J. Jensen 3). Blocks — 2 (M. Jensen, Busch). Total fouls — 13. Turnovers — 16.
DC (36) — Graves 11, McClure 4, Eakins 18, Kate Birchmier 3. Totals 16-50 3-11 36.
3-point goals — 1-11 (Graves). Fouled out —none . Rebounds — 30 (Eakins). Assists — 9 (Graves 5). Steals — 8 (Graves 3). Blocks — 6 (Eakins 5). Total fouls — 10. Turnovers — 22.